The first round of the NCAA Tournament features one game that could have a special meaning for former NCAA coach Rick Pitino. The Louisville coaching legend will get to watch his former team face his son’s team as No. 7 Louisville takes on No. 10 Minnesota.
Under the guidance for first-year head coach Chris Mack, Louisville secured a 19-11 regular season record, picking up huge wins over North Carolina, N.C. State, and Virginia Tech along the way. The Cardinals made it to the ACC Tournament Quarterfinal, only to be knocked out by Clemson.
Minnesota head coach Richard Pitino got the Golden Gophers out to a 12-2 start but struggled with Big Ten Conference play. After going 19-11 in the regular season though, the team picked things up in the Big Ten Tournament, making it all the way to the Semifinals after knocking out Penn State and Purdue.
ESPN’s computer model has released its prediction for the Minnesota-Louisville game.
ESPN’s computer model believes that Louisville is a decisive favorite in this game. The computer model gives the Cardinals a 74.8 percent chance to win today’s NCAA Tournament game.
One thing is for sure, Rick Pitino will likely be watching this game with intense interest from the comfort of his home in Greece.
The winner is slated to face the winner of No. 2 Michigan State vs. No. 15 Bradley in the Round of 32.
The game will be played at 12:15 p.m. EST on CBS.